My dear friend and co-author Simon Nsielanga Tukumu has published a beautiful new volume of poetry Mots et odes à la conscience. The description blurb in English: Mots et Odes à la Conscience is poetic interpellation towards more human consciousness for the respect of life that God freely grants us. In front of the horrible killings of people in Ituri and Central Congo a whole human consciousness can’t remain silent like a beggar. Human consciousness cannot remain silent before violence done to women in eastern Congo, before the spoliation of the soils orchestrated by the Congolese political leaders and by the destruction of the road infrastructure, which by negligence, takes away life of many Congolese. Stop to the destruction of life, to violence done to women and to the irresponsibility of our politician leaders!
I have been awarded a five-year research fellowship from the Academy of Finland for my project Accommodating Linguistic Diversity in Conversation: Modal Expressions and Multilingualism in South Africa. I’m very excited to get back to South Africa for more research and to begin to discover more about modal systems and multilingual practices there. I’ll post more information about this project in the coming months!